2013-01-24 / Obituaries

Mary Ann Bonavita

Mary Ann Bullock Bonavita, 68 of 8849 SR 3001, Meshoppen, PA (Auburn), passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 24, 2013 at her home, after an extended illness, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1944 in East Rush, PA the daughter of the late Gerald E. (Oct. 3, 1987) and Helen M. Yucas Bullock (Jan. 11, 1997).

She was a 1962 graduate of Elk Lake High School and a 1963 graduate of Empire Beauty School.

Mary Ann married John J. Bonavita on March 30, 1963. They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this March.

In her early years she worked for Bendix Corp. in South Montrose. She also had her own beauty shop in Meshoppen. In 1966 she and John purchased a farm in Auburn, which is known today as the Jon-Ann Farms, and is still run by the family. Mary Ann also served as a Judge of Elections in Auburn Twp. for several years.

She is a member of the St. Bonaventure’s/St. Joachim’s Churches of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parrish. She loved attending 4-H Dairy Shows to watch and help with her children and grandchildren at the Wyoming, Harford, Luzerne, and Bloomsburg Fairs, as well as at the All American Dairy Show and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Years ago she enjoyed coaching the Auburn softball and a Bonavita Farm softball team. Most importantly what she enjoyed best of all was doing things with her family.

Besides her husband, John, she is survived by her children, John J. Bonavita, Jr., Cherie A. Bonavita, Cindy L. Bonavita, Patty L. Bonavita, Chris B Bonavita, Lori M. Bonavita and Stanley J. Bonavita and his wife, Jennifer, all of Auburn; her grandchildren, Alex J., Kyle R., Austin J. and Autumn J. Bonavita; her brother, Chuck Bullock of Auburn Center; her sister, Geraldine Mokris and husband, Myron of Auburn Center; her extended family, Kevin Palmer and Nicole “Nicki” Brooks both of Springville, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley J. Bullock (Jan. 1, 1976).

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at the St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck of the Church officiating. Interment will be at the Jersey Hill Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, on Monday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 3:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Mary Ann’s name to the Susquehanna County 4-H, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.


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